Tennessee football recruit Da’Rick Rogers had ‘a lot of bad dealings with UGA coaches’ before switch, according to QB Nash Nance

Why did Calhoun wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, the state’s No. 1-rated football prospect, make the last-minute switch from UGA to Tennessee last February?

Rogers isn’t talking, but his high school quarterback provided some insight into the infamous flip, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

“The [UT] coaches are a lot more professional … He had a lot of bad dealings with Georgia coaches,” said Nash Nance told the newspaper.

Nance and Rogers both signed with Tennessee, and enrolled in summer classes last week.  Neither Nance nor the News-Sentinel disclosed any specifics on the “bad dealings.”

Da'Rick Rogers (left) isn't talking but QB Nash Nance is (AJC)

Da'Rick Rogers (left) isn't talking but QB Nash Nance is (AJC)

Here are a few other items of interest from the article:

  • After Rogers changed his mind, Nance and his father “got crucified a lot on the Internet.” Nance said both he and Rogers got death threats, but neither called the police. ”Da’Rick and I both got a lot of Facebook messages and wall posts that were insane. Nothing was ever serious – I don’t think.”
  • Calhoun coach Hal Lamb supported and defended his players after they both switched schools, even if he was privately disappointed, according to Nance — who was committed to Vanderbilt before flipping to Tennessee. Nance said Lamb is very close to Vanderbilt’s football staff. Also, Lamb’s father, Ray Lamb, is UGA’s coordinator of high school relations. “I’m sure they all wanted Da’Rick to go to Georgia,” Nance said. “But [Hal Lamb] was real accepting of the fact that we signed with Tennessee. I don’t know about his dad. He’s a little different breed than our coach.”
  • Nance knew that Rogers both liked Tennessee and was reconsidering his pledge to sign with UGA, but says he wasn’t sure about Rogers flipping to the Vols until signing day. ”It wouldn’t have surprised me if he would have pulled out a Richmond scholarship, signed it and gone there,” Nance told reporter Dave Hooker of the News-Sentinel.

Update: Both Hal and Ray Lamb, along with UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, could not be reached for comment on Monday. UGA spokesman Claude Felton told the AJC that UGA’s coaches are out of the office at camps this week, but was confident that Garner and the elder Lamb would not comment in response to Nash’s accusations. What about Da’Rick? He appears to be keeping a low profile, doing his public speaking via Twitter.

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377 comments Add your comment

destin dawg

June 7th, 2010
2:33 pm

rduck

June 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

something still stimks about how all that went down but they will all have to live with their decisions..

rduck

June 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

sorry, stinks

Rooferdawg

June 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

What sleeze balls the Nance family seems to be. I feel dirty every time I hear their name mentioned. I will still say good luck to all the recruits that get a scholarship to play any sport. I just hope they work hard and make something out of it.

Theophilus

June 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

What a bunch of bologna. Tennessee will probably regret signing these two.

destin dawg

June 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

no hard feelings, 18 year old kids can change their minds, lots of pressure!!! it was a mistake IMO.. we’ve got some good ones coming this year !!!

te29wr

June 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

UGA would not offer the one star QB and that was the issue and no auto either

hmmmmmmm

June 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

shhhhhhhhhhhady…….

destin dawg

June 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

By the way… QB Nash Nance won’t see the field !!!! needs to keep to himslf.. UGA recruiting is on the up and up !!

the Truth

June 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Nance just shut-up and play football. Get over yourself idiot.

Denver Dawg

June 7th, 2010
2:52 pm

is that a picture or two wax figurines?

Jefferson

June 7th, 2010
2:54 pm

Nance is a good kid. Honor grad. Some of you UGA fans should shut up the one’s that make ya’ll look like idiots and babies.

dx107

June 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

Well your their now – “bad dealings with the Coaches” hard to believe but anything could happen. Looks like we are all better off. Wondering if Green, Wooten, Durham had bad dealings?

Chris

June 7th, 2010
2:57 pm

The one person who’s clearly NOT professional about all of this is Nance. Rogers may have changed his mind, but he’s an 18-year-old kid making a crucial life decision, so it’s understandable. There’s no reason to justify Nance talking crap about UGA coaches and staff to the press, however.

And I hope he was only referring to the current UT coaches. Calling Mark Richt less professional than Lane Kiffin is beyond absurd.

Snoopy

June 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Yo Jefferson… Being an honor grad & a 1 * QB does not make it in the SEC…

Also having your daddy (Nance’s daddy) buy your friend (Duh) a car so Duh can hold his hand (Nance) does make you a sleeze…

Why does Sleeze feel the need to legitimize signing with a skol?

alphadawg

June 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Nance is looking for his 15 mins of fame. He makes one statement and all this press. Unbelieveable…. I agree with others here. He needs to keep his mouth shut and go play some ball. This is old news and I question even putting his statements in this paper.

Cro25

June 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

What else would you expect a guy to say that never got an offer from the school he is slamming. If you’re going to put those things out there then be specific. That’s the only way he’ll ever find himself in the paper though, because he’ll never throw a pass for them.

Jefferson

June 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

Yo snoop, I’d check your info as it is incorrect. Anyway, he’s not a bad guy nor is his dad.

the Truth

June 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

@ Jefferson

What do you know? Nance is a jerk.

Bubba

June 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

Quit misspelling Derrick’s name you idiots.

Peter Venkman

June 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

Hey Jefferson, I hope your not from the city of Jefferson because then you would be insulting an entire city by your moronic comments. It sounds to me like this kid is a jealous punk that is so upset with UGA that he just can’t let it go!

anotherdawg

June 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

I wonder how Da’trick, Nance, and family would have felt if Georgia had pulled Rogers schlolarship and given it to someone else at the last minute. Probably would have been some bad feelings that way also, you think?

The Real Deal

June 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

The Nances are nothing but trouble. Mike Nance tried to dictate what kind of offense would be run at Darlington. Coach Atha wouldn’t put up with it so, Mike pulled his son out of school. Nash isn’t a bad kid but he needs to keep his mouth shut. If it wasn’t for Da’Rick, Nash would be playing at Furman.
Nash will never take a snap at UT.

Jeff in Calhoun

June 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

Bottom line is $$$ talks and BS walks. I’m sure Mr. Nance will be paying Rodgers along with his son to attend UT. This was really a no brainer for Rodgers. He is getting paid to go play football with his best friend. I bet one of them will end up transferring within two years. I bet it will be the one running his mouth about the UGA coaches. It was also a no brainer for the UGA coaches. Hudson Mason is more vauable then Nance and Rodgers put together!

ed

June 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

i am LMAO, I think nash said he committed to vandy after praying over it then stood them up. I am going to side with Richt over some carpet peddler anyday. I guess nash accepts the fact his son was not good enough to get a scholarship to UGA but he had to go through the rick to get his son one there.

NewnanDawg

June 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

….who cares. All this talkin aint gonna mean nothin on Oct 9…Dawgs were comin for revenge with or without the services for Mr. Rodgers.

Nash Bridges

June 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

So, Lame Kiffin and his staff are more professional than UGA’s staff? Riiiiiigggghhhttttt.

bulldogmaniac

June 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

This is crap! Nancy boy Nance full of it. He wanted to go to UGA and we didnt offer him so he got his feelings hurt. Waaaaaa

DawgDays

June 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

There is no news in this article, other than the AJC’s desire to make UGA look like the villian. Unless specifics were provided by Nance or Rogers about “the bad dealings with UGA coaches”, this article shouldn’t have been printed.

REJECTED

June 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

This is complete B.S. I’m from Calhoun and this little panty waste is still bitter because UGA rejected him and refused to cowtow to Daddy Nance’s 2 for 1 deal. Say what you want about Mark Richt but I have never heard of a recruit claiming “bad dealings” with the UGA program. How about giving us an example you little pimple face Qu*er.

Trust me UGA is much better off without Me’rick rogers anyway. The Dawgs are in the process of loading up on some serious wide receiver talent for the 2011 class. So that punk Rogers can take his little ghost white bed buddy and stay in Knoxville. I guess pimple face is trying to drudge up some publicity sense he will never see the football field his entire career. Better soak it up now chump.

Dawg Fud

June 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Okay, i am over the whole Nance-Rogers scenario and ready to move on. They signed with Tennessee. Good luck to them and I wish them the very best under Derek Dooley.

nickz

June 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

Really classy Nance. This is laughable…Nance is a no talent QB that got the Tennessee offer because he’s best friends with Rogers, and now he’s trying to throw UGA under the bus…please. Jefferson, you’re an idiot.

Nance should just keep his mouth shut and prepare to hold the clipboard on the sidelines for the next 4 years. The only reason he won’t be watching from the stands is because Da’Rick wants to stand next to his BFF on the sidelines.

Clint

June 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

The only bad dealings were the Nance’s trying to force UGA to sign their son to get Da’Rick. Once CMR refused to be strongarmed into taking a kid that has no chance at ever seeing the field at UGA or UT, then the Nance’s went and found a coach who would. Derek Dooley is now Mike Nance’s puppet. If Nash doesn’t see the field within 2 years, he and Da’Rick will leave UT. You can count on that.

dawglasville

June 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Da’Rick Rogers reminds me of Jabari Davis. He wanted to play at UT because, “they won championships.” I think UGA won 2 SEC titles while he was at UT.

The Nance kid may as well enjoy his 15 minutes. I doubt we will hear from him again.

romedawg

June 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Want to know the real truth? Both went to Darlington and Nash left due to him losing the starting position to a Freshman by the last name Butler, watch for him to be on this spotlight here in a year or two. Then Da’rick doesn’t know how to listen to a girl say no and got asked to leave Darlington, he didn’t even last a year there after being “homeschooled” his whole life. Then he struggled to even pass at Calhoun…… great caliber kids! Good luck kids!!

Paddy

June 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Since UGA never offer Nance, how can there be friction? They were not recruiting him so there should have been no contact with this player in any meaningful way. I don’t follow this story or its motive. UGA fans have moved on. Maybe they should consider the same course of action?

Snoopy

June 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Nance could not put the ball in the air vs the Wolves of Buford & Duh could not shake a 5′9″ DB. When Du did catch an underneath pass, he toted the rock like a loaf of bread & fumbled. like 2 times… Nance’s Daddy could not buy his boy a championship… Now since Daddy Nance bought Duh his carpet business is in the crapper…

Urban Meyer

June 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

After Georgia beat Florida this week in softball, tennis & curling, I believe both Da’Rick and Nash realize they made a mistake!

Jefferson

June 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

Have it your way, wrong as you are.

destin dawg

June 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

this article should NEVER have been printed in a responsible GA. newspaper!!!! Tenn. maybe ??? sour grapes from Nash who will never play in the SEC..

Jax Dawg

June 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

When he says the Tennessee coaches were “more professional” does he mean more likely to broker a business deal that gave both Rogers and Nance a football scholarship with a health donation from Nance’s father?

BG

June 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Nance’s father gave money to Rogers. End of story!

Urban Meyer

June 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

Ah, is Nash talking about Coach Orgeron and coach Kiffin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX7wzhMvbzo

Jeff in Calhoun

June 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

The Real Deal…..you are a 100% correct. Nance would be playing at Furman but still sitting the bench because Bobby Lamb is the coach and his nephew Trey (Hal’s son) would be the starter.

Mark Olsen

June 7th, 2010
3:18 pm

Why don’t you just shut your spoiled brat mouth, quit bashing our coaches bc we never offered you, be thankful that your best friend SINGLE HANDEDLY got you a scholarship to Tennessee, and work on your clipboard holding skills.

[...] “He had a lot of bad dealings with Georgia coaches.” Jump to Comments I’ll say one thing – at least Da’Rick Rogers has enough sense not to air his grievances in the media. (h/t Michael Carvell) [...]

Snoopy

June 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

Jefferson…. Your first name George???

STFU & bring me my laundry!!!!

Signed – Daddy Namce!!

The Real Deal

June 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

Da’Rick will find trouble real soon at UT. He left Darlington because he was upset that Darlington “asked him to act like a leader” per the AJC. He wouldn’t quit picking on the small Asian students at school. It says a lot when the most talented player in Darlington’s 100 year history but was not allowed to come back to school his junior year. Kudos for Darlington for taking a stand for what is right. No one should be surprised at the crap that he pulled on signing day.

superDawg

June 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

If you want to run your mouth tell the whole story our shut up.If it was true he would have elaborated about facts.See you in court.

bighairydawg12

June 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

tennessee had to settle for derek dooley when kiffin (speaking of doooooshes) left. If they were smart, they would have gone after slobberin lou holtz’s son skip holtz. Unlike dooley, holtz was successful at his last school. I bet he leads usf’s program much better than dooley leads tennessee’s.